Tour and Doer Sign Up

March 22nd, 2019

Instructions: There are two parts to this survey. Please read carefully. 

Part 1

Tour and Doer Sign-up

Please review the following options and select one from the survey link at the bottom of this page.  The form will record your choice when you leave the site.  When the Tour and Doer reaches maximum, it will no longer be available as an option and you will be directed to select another tour.  Refresh the page to do so.  If you wish to be on the waitlist for a tour, email your waitlist choice to David Owen at:  In your email please include a cell number at which you can be reached at during the conference.


When you check in at the conference, you will get a color coded ticket for your tour and doer.  If at any point before the tour begins you change your mind, please turn in the ticket at registration or give the ticket to David Owen. 


All the tour and doers are free for the participants except the Art Institute of Chicago.


Part 2

Due to the costs of meals at the hotel, the conference planners are trying to get a rough estimate of how many plan to attend the sponsored meals.  We also want to get a rough estimate of how many might be interested in Meet and Eat (a group reservation at an area restaurant and each person pays their own bill.)

Tour Descriptions



Illinois College of Optometry

Welcome and Overview of Illinois College of Optometry.  This tour will begin with a campus tour (academic, clinical and laboratory facilities) with current students followed by hands on demonstrations of: 

1. BIO Simulator:

The Binocular Indirect Ophthalmoscopy (BIO) allows increased views of the back of the eye. It
is used for general dilated comprehensive eye exams and can be used to detect pathology
included, but not limited to retinal holes/detachments and diabetic retinopathy.
 2. Automated Phoropters
The automated phoropter takes the place of a standard manual phoropter. It allows the
provider to obtain an eyeglass prescription.
 3. Clinical Skills
Overview of additional equipment used in a comprehensive eye examination (Slit Lamp,
Visual Fields, Color Vision, Stereopsis, Pupillary Reflex, Extraocular Motility, Visual Acuity, and
Eye Alignment Testing)
 Following the demonstrations, adviser will have an opportunity to ask questions. ICO will be providing transportation.
Expected learning outcomes
1. Know what educational opportunities the Illinois College of Optometry offers its students.
2. Know what patient services the Illinois Eye Institute offers its patients.
3. Identify entrance tests for a comprehensive eye exam and their purpose.
Limit 25


Midwestern University
1:00 pm:  Depart city, transport to MWU campus
1:45 pm – 4:15 pm:  MWU Campus Program
4:15 pm:  Depart campus and return to city
Advisers will observe or participate in 20-25 minute lab demonstrations for Optometry, Dental Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, and our medical simulation center.  Also, information will be distributed regarding all MWU programs.  A grab and go boxed sandwich/meal will be provided for the travel back to the city. 

Expected learning outcomes

Gain a better understanding of our technologically advanced lab facilities and the skills our students learn to become successful healthcare practitioners.

Limit 20


National University of Health Sciences

Advisers will spend time at an integrated healthcare facility, Aligned Modern Health, watching 15-20-minute demonstrations on chiropractic medicine, acupuncture, etc. to gain a real-world understanding of these professions and the career opportunities available to its practitioners.  Afterwards, participants will enjoy appetizers at Farmhouse Chicago, while learning how the staff, faculty and alumni at National University of Health Sciences recruit, educate and mentor students for academic and career success.


Expected learning outcomes

Participants will gain a better understanding of the complementary and alternative medicine programs offered at National University of Health Sciences and learn how our students are educated and trained for future success. We will help advisors understand the desired skills, experiences and traits of students interested in becoming successful natural health care practitioners. 

Limit 25

University of Illinois at Chicago
Participants will learn more about all UI Health programs including a tour of UI Health programs located in the Illinois Medical District, the largest Medical District in the Nation. The tour would include several stops on UIC West Campus which most of the health professional programs are located. There will be specific stops that including Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy. Applied Health Sciences (PT, OT, Nutrition, Disability Services etc), School of Public Health and Dentistry.
A part of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), UI Health comprises a clinical enterprise that includes a 465-bed tertiary care hospital, 21 outpatient clinics, and 11 Mile Square Health Center facilities, which are Federally Qualified Health Centers. It also includes the seven UIC health science colleges: the College of Applied Health Sciences; the College of Dentistry; the School of Public Health; the Jane Addams College of Social Work; and the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, and Nursing, including regional campuses in Peoria, Quad Cities, Rockford, Springfield, and Urbana. UI Health is dedicated to the pursuit of health equity.


Expected learning outcomes

Learn more about the range of opportunities at UI Health as well as other health professional careers and opportunities. Tour stops will showcase new state of the art educational facilities and opportunities in a range of health professions. Opportunity to learn more about strong applicants so that you better advise and prepare students interest in the health professions application process. 


Limit 25

Shirley Ryan Ability Lab (SRAL)
The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), is the global leader in physical medicine and rehabilitation for adults and children with the most severe, complex conditions — from traumatic brain and spinal cord injury to stroke, amputation and cancer-related impairment. The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab expands and accelerates leadership in the field that began at RIC in 1953 — its care and research designated the “No. 1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America” by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991. Upon opening in March 2017, the $550 million, 1.2-million-square-foot Shirley Ryan AbilityLab became the first-ever “translational” research hospital in which clinicians, scientists, innovators and technologists work together in the same space, surrounding patients, discovering new approaches and applying (or “translating”) research real time. Applied research focuses particularly in the areas of neuroscience, bionic medicine, musculoskeletal medicine and technology transfer. This unique model enables patients to have 24/7 access to the brightest minds, the latest research and the best opportunity for recovery.
Participants will have a guided tour of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. This will be followed by Q&A with a practitioner and director. The tour will run from 2:00 pm to about 3:00 pm. Advisers will walk to the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.
Limit 15
Art Institute of Chicago
Advisers will have a one-hour guide-tour of some of the finest pieces in the Art Institute collection.  Afterwards, they will be free to explore on their own until 5:00 pm when the Institute closes.  Go here to get a sampling of what you might see!
This is the only tour that requires payment. The cost is $34/person and participants will also provide their own transportation to and from the Art Institute.  Public transportation is: $2.50 if cash, and $2.25 if Ventura card or ticket.

Also email David Owen that you are interested and he will follow-up with you regarding payment.

Minimum 15 participants by March 8. 
 To make you tour and meal selections, please go to: 

Please contact David Owen with any questions.